Congratulations on the new acquisition. The mackerel celluloid in blue is probably my favorite color, but ironically the color I have the least of (I'm more partial to the J-series pens -- I'm just not all that enamored of the clip on the Dollar pens).
Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth
Thank you for your post. :)Like you, the blue is my favorite also. I found a J pen and pencil set that I restored and sent to my eldest to use. She said she uses the pencil for than the FP.
Practically, the Dollar clip is not as durable and I suspect that's why Esterbrook widened the top of the clip where it meets/bends over the jewel area. That said, these are part of any Esterbrook collectors must have pens and so now I have a '34, '38, and the Blue Dollar "demi".
Below is the finished restoration. I pulled out the j bar and cleaned it up with a copper brush, reinstalled and checked alignment. The diaphragm has been replaced. I let is have the standard 24 hour shellac cure.
This AM is checked for leaks using water and checked the ancient flat feed nib to make sure it was not clogged. I had run a mandolin string through the feed the night before.
All parts are now cleaned and the plastic/metal parts polished. I love these little diminutive pens. Just throw them in a pocket and go.
Edited by Estycollector, 11 January 2020 - 10:45.